World's Largest Robotic Milking Installation Now in Operation

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Dairy, Milking Parlor, Technology

The van Leeuwen dairy farm in New Zealand has become the site of the world’s largest robotic milking installation for free cow traffic under one roof. With twenty four new DeLaval voluntary milking system VMS™ the 1,500-cow barn in Makikhi South Canterbury has gone from milking zero to 750 cows in just seven days in just half the space available. … Read More

Udder Tech, Inc. Launches Green Vet Gear, Milk Testing Aprons

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Dairy, Technology

Udder Tech, Inc. announces that their popular veterinarian items are now offered in the color green and new milk testing aprons are now available. “We are excited to offer our vet gear in the new green color,” said Cheryl Mohn, president of Udder Tech, Inc. “We have been expanding our product color choices through the years, most recently offering select … Read More

Gesdate App Puts Herd in Your Hand

Cindy ZimmermanApps, Livestock, Swine, Technology

A new iPhone app called GESDATE for swine producers to digitally track breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations, and more. From conception to sale or harvest day, GESDATE moves swine operations to a new tier of herd organization and management, giving producers unprecedented real-time access to farm data, and introduces a remarkable farm staff collaboration tool. All of these features … Read More

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Farming, Pork, Social Media, Swine, Technology

The National Pork Board has launched a new campaign called #RealPigFarming, that uses major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to educate the general public about the pork industry. Cindy Cunningham with the Pork Board explains that the campaign involves real pig farmers – from their barns, from their chores everyday, when they’re outside working. “They’re posting information about … Read More

UdderOne Provides New View for Milking

Cindy ZimmermanAnimal Health, dairy farming, Milk, Technology

A new transparent technology is offering dairy farmers the ability to actually see the full milking of their cows. Polymer Extrusion Technology (PET), a South Florida based company specializing in developing and manufacturing specialty resins and polymers, has developed UdderOne™ – a totally new concept in dairy liners, shells, hoses and accessories. Using revolutionary crystal clear polymers and unprecedented technology, … Read More

Wireless Monitoring of Your Cows and Herd

Chuck ZimmermanAgribusiness, Animal Health, Technology

We’re hearing a lot about health applications of mobile and wearable technology lately. The anticipated iWatch from Apple is expected to open some new doors into that technology. But that’s for humans. What about cows? Well a Scottish company is introducing a bluetooth way to monitor cow and herd health – The Well CowTM Bolus. Monitor the health of your … Read More

GEA Farm Technologies' Contour™ Mattress System

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Milking Parlor, Technology

GEA Farm Technologies is very excited to bring dairy producers a better way of thinking about cow bedding. The new, patent pending Contour™ Mattress System is a premium air mattress system for the ultimate in cow comfort and support. This unique bedding choice provides an alternative to deep-bedded sand or solids. Plus, the Contour improves top dress material retention compared … Read More

New Animal Ag Facility Lighting Debuts at WPX

Joanna SchroederAgribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Technology, Video, World Pork Expo

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, there are loads of fun things to see, eat and learn about each year during the World Pork Expo. A new cool product that I ran across is an innovative new lighting system designed with the swine industry in mind. When speaking with Burlington-IA, Energyficient Systems CEO Chad Palmer (and designer) he explained … Read More

GrowSafe Wins Intel SME Award for Innovation

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, award, Technology

GrowSafe Systems Ltd., received the 2014 INTEL SME award for Innovation at the Canadian Advanced Technology (CATAAlliance) award gala. GrowSafe’s Alison Sunstrum, Co-CEO commented “When our founder brought the first livestock RFID solution to market in 1990 he envisioned the possibility of the Internet of Things. The convergence of Internet service to rural communities, fast PC processors, sensors, and connectivity … Read More

GEA Adds Eating Time Analysis to CowScout™

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Animal Health, Technology

Electronically monitoring cows for activity helps to automate the heat detection process, and supply more accurate breeding information for increased pregnancy rates. Activity monitors can also alert producers to health challenges ahead of clinical signs being visually observed, allowing for earlier treatment and avoiding a potential drop in milk production. To increase monitoring capabilities, GEA Farm Technologies has added eating … Read More